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United Nations Award To Mr. Bock

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 29, 1997--On International Human Rights Day,
December 10, 1997, Seattle Times journalist Paula Bock  received a human
rights award from the Seattle chapter of the United  Nations Association for
her article "A Land of War, A Journey of the  Heart."   

The Seattle Times and photojournalist Tom Reese also received  recognition for
their contributions to the story, which was published in the newspaper as a
separate special section on September 28.   

Bock's article chronicled her return to the war-torn Thai-Burma  border in
search of two little girls whose village had been overrun  by the Burmese army
earlier this year.  Bock had met the children  during an earlier visit to
Burma, when she had accompanied her  husband during his tenure as a volunteer
doctor with the refugee  population.  Much of Bock's story focused on the
valor of physician  and refugee, Dr. Cynthia Maung, who has spent the past
eight years  establishing and running medical clinics for thousands of Burmese

In accepting the award, Bock said, "It is a great pleasure to  accept this
human rights award on behalf of Dr. Cynthia and the  brave families of Burma,
who struggle so hard to live lives of peace  despite the war.  Telling the
story of Dr. Cynthia Maung was a real  honor, both inspiring and
heartbreaking."  Larry Dohrs, a Burma  specialist with the Seattle Burma
Roundtable, noted that "It is  crucial that the refugees be kept in the
international spotlight.   Otherwise they can be raped, tortured and killed
with impunity.   Paula Bock, Tom Reese and The Seattle Times have saved lives
by  telling this story."   

Reader and community reaction to Bock's story also has been  powerful.  More
than 400 readers of The Seattle Times have donated  over $24,000, as well as
clothing, antibiotics, medical equipment and supplies to Dr. Cynthia's work.  

Bock and Reese will present a slide show of their trip on January 13, 7:30
p.m. at the Elliott Bay Book Company at 1st Avenue South  and South Main
Street in downtown Seattle.  The entire section of "A  Land of War" is
available in The Seattle Times lobby, downtown  Seattle; and for viewing on
the World Wide Web at  http://www.seattletimes.com/burma/ . 

The Seattle Times is a locally and privately owned newspaper.   Its family
shareholders represent the fourth generation of family  ownership since the
newspaper was founded by Col. Alden Blethen in  1896.  The Times is the winner
of two 1997 Pulitzer Prizes for Beat  and Investigative Reporting, for a total
of seven Pulitzer Prizes.   


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